Long Hill Twp. DWI Charges Dismissed Thanks to Travis Tormey
“Our client was facing a first offense DWI arrest out of Long Hill Township in Morris County. Luckily, in this case, we were able to get the drunk driving charges dismissed.”
Summons for DWI or drugs in Long Hill? The Tormey Law Firm can help. Here is a case we handled with great success for one of our very happy clients in the Long Hill Township Municipal Court.
Travis J. Tormey and Christopher Perry of the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently defended a client who was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and simple possession of marijuana under 50 grams in Long Hill Township, NJ in Morris County. Based on these charges, the case was being handled in the Long Hill Municipal Court, not the Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, New Jersey.
Since the client was charged with a first offense DWI, he faced a driver’s license suspension of up to 12 months, mandatory attendance at alcohol classes at the DMV, a significant monetary fine and court costs of about $800, and up to 30 days in the local county jail. Additionally, the charge for marijuana possession, which is classified as disorderly persons offense, meant that the client also faced a permanent criminal charge on his record, a $1,000 fine, an additional license suspension of two years, and as many as six months in the county jail if convicted. Needless to say, the stakes were very high for our client.
Mr. Tormey and Mr. Perry reviewed the evidence in the case and saw that the client had actually registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just .06 percent. This was below the legal limit in New Jersey of .08 percent. Beyond that, there was nothing in the official police reports to suggest that the client was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the stop. The Long Hill Township police officers took a urine sample, which later came back positive for marijuana; however, that did not prove that the client was under the influence at the time as marijuana generally stays in a person’s system for approximately 30 days after ingestion.
Moreover, when it came to the marijuana possession charge, the client was allegedly found with flakes of marijuana. However, there was not enough evidence for the police lab to test. Without a positive lab report for the marijuana itself, the State could not prove possession of marijuana beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Based on these evidentiary issues, the charges against our client were thrown out and he was not convicted of either charge. This was a fantastic result for our client and a major win for the Tormey Law Firm.